As you’ve probably heard by now, there’s been an amazing discovery at Fermilab. Baby Bison:
Actually there are five of them in the current season. I’m guessing one of them is named Higgs, based on all the flap. Meanwhile, over at CERN, there’s something about the discovery of a particle, but I don’t think it’s as cute and fuzzy:
Scientists at Europe’s CERN research center have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.
“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world’s media near Geneva on Wednesday.
“The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe.”
Two independent studies of data produced by smashing proton particles together at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider produced a convergent near-certainty on the existence of the new particle.
It’s interesting how they’re being careful to say that the discovered a particle that seems like the theorized Higgs Boson, rather that saying that they’ve just discovered the Higgs. Scientific American does the same thing: “The particle looks an awful lot like the long-sought, and long-hypothetical, Higgs boson, most famous for explaining why elementary particles, such as quarks, have mass. “